February 25, 2015

‘Surface-to-air missile Akash to be operational soon’: Air Defence Brigade

AKASH, which is India’s medium range mobile surface-to-air missile, will soon be operational in the Army Air Defence units.
AKASH, which is India’s medium range mobile surface-to-air missile, will soon be operational in the Army Air Defence units. Officers at the Air Defence Brigade in Dehu Road said that this would further enhance security of the ‘Southern Skies.’
Brigadier Saif Ul Islam Khan, the Brigade Commander of the 787 (Independent) Air Defence Brigade, told reporters during a media visit that Akash had already been inducted into the Army and personnel were being trained on it. “The Army already has it. It will soon be operational,” he said. Army officers said that the missile would be fully operational for Air Defence in a few months’ time.
Akash has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Ordnance Factories Board and Bharat Electronics (BEL), in India and can target aircraft up to 30 km away, at altitudes up to 18,000 m.
Brigadier Saif Ul Islam Khan highlighted the crucial role of the Air Defence Brigade and its units in the air defence of the Southern Skies. He said that various units of the Air Defence wing had been crucial in maintaining security at events like Republic Day Parade or Independence Day celebrations in Delhi from possible air attacks by enemies. He added that the units of Air Defence brigade around Delhi and Bangalore also provided cover during Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony in Delhi and at the recent Air Defence Show in Bangalore.
In addition to its operational role, this Air Defence Brigade formation has been actively involved in nation building activities. As part of the outreach campaign to motivate the youth to join the armed forces, the units of the formation have conducted a number of lectures in various schools and colleges. Educational tours and equipment displays have been conducted for NCC cadets and students. In a recent effort, an orientation capsule was organised for the probationers of the Maharastra State Civil Services to give them a first hand feel of the Army way of life.
Among other achievements of the formation, Captain Divya Ajith Kumar was selected to lead the Women Officer Contingent of the Army at the 66th Republic Day Parade. Also, Captain Shraddha K Dabholkar, who served for two years in extreme climate conditions at High Altitude (Leh) at about 12000 feets, on successful completion of tenure was awarded with the High Altitude Medal and Sainya Seva Medal.


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